West Brom vs Aston Villa – Championship
15th May, 00:30 IST
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Please Note: Changes will be made to this article approximately 50-55 mins before the deadline. The article will be updated with the confirmed lineups and the revised combined XI when the official starting lineups are released by both the teams.
Aston Villa: W W W D L
West Brom: W W D W L
West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa will clash tonight in the crucial 2nd leg of their semi-final Championship playoff match at The Hawthorns.
The first leg ended in a 2-1 win for Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday. Dwight Gayle opened the scoring for West Brom before substitute Hourihane equalized for the Villans midway through the 2nd half. Aston Villa top scorer Tammy Abraham scored a crucial penalty late in the match to take a narrow lead into the 2nd leg at the Hawthorns tonight.
West Brom, who finished 4th in the league table, will need to overturn a first-leg deficit if they are to go through to the playoff final. West Brom were the second highest goalscorers in the league behind Norwich City and that is mostly due to the goalscoring exploits of Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez.
The loss of Gayle through suspension will be a major blow for West Brom tonight.
Predicted Lineups (updated):
West Brom: Johnstone; Hegazi, Dawson, Bartley; Holgate, Brunt, Johansen, Gibbs; Phillips, Jacob Murphy; Rodriguez.
Aston Villa: Steer; ElMohamady, Tuanzebe, Mings, Taylor; Hourihane, Grealish, McGinn; Green, El Ghazi; Abraham.
Combined XI for the game (updated):
Captain & Vice-Captain Options:
- Jay Rodriguez
- Tammy Abraham
- El Ghazi
- Dwight Gayle (suspended)
- James Chester
- Robson-Kanu (suspended)
- Gareth Barry
- Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez have formed a fearsome partnership up top for West Brom and have scored a combined total 0f 45 goals in the Championship this season. The loss of Gayle for this match will be massive.
- Tammy Abraham is on penalties for Aston Villa and is also their leading goalscorer in the Championship with 26 goals.
- McGinn and Grealish have contributed a combined total of 15 assists in the Championship this season.
- West Brom left-back Kieron Gibbs has contributed 4 goals and 4 assists in the league this season.